All posts by Chris Finkle

Join the Virtual SF Book Club to Discuss HG Wells’ “The War of the Worlds”!

What: A virtual SF book club to discuss HG Wells’ seminal alien invasion classic The War of the Worlds, and possibly some of its many adaptations!

How: First, join the GroupMe. Then, because The War of the Worlds is in the public domain, you can read it for free at Project Gutenberg  – just click here! If you want to listen to Orson Welles’ famous 1938 radio adaptation that may or may not have caused a nationwide panic, you can listen to that here on YouTube.

When: You can start reading the book right now! The virtual meeting will occur at 4 PM on Thursday, April 23rd.

Where: Well, we can’t exactly meet in the physical world at the moment. The online venue is still being decided, but in the mean time we can organize in the chat program GroupMe. Click here to join the group!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them by emailing Christopher Finkle at

Join the YA Book Club for Cultural Credit and a Free Book! (4 Spots Left, Now Virtual)

Join the library’s YA Book Club this semester as we read Renegades by Marissa Meyer.  Contact Elizabeth Martino at to sign up.  We have four books left so sign up soon.  (We can mail the book to you if you are off campus.)  The YA Book club meeting will be held virtually on Friday, April 24th, at 2 pm.  Participation is limited to 15 people and a free book will be provided to participants.  This is a cultural credit event.

Innovation Lab Workshops – Cultural Credit Available!

Sign up for one of our Innovation Lab Workshops, where you can learn about how all the exciting tech in the Innovation Lab applies to your life and studies! Learn about 3D printing, 3D scanning, VR, and much more – plus, you can get Cultural Credit!

Spots are limited, so be sure to sign up early via LibCal. Click here to sign up!

UPDATE 3/16/20: In order to comply with social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this event has been cancelled for the rest of the semester.

(Note: only one cultural credit per student, so don’t sign up for more than one time. They’re all the same event.)

Join the duPont-Ball SF Book Club for Cultural Credit and a Free Book!

This semester’s Speculative Fiction Book Club book will be Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell!

The book club meeting will be held in the library on Wednesday, February 26th at 6:30 PM, so please do not sign up if you will not be available to attend this event. The meeting will feature discussion, food, and cultural credit.

We have fifteen copies of the book to give out to the first fifteen applicants. All you have to do is email with the subject line “Book Club” to sign up! You will then receive instructions on how to retrieve your book.

Cloud Atlas is a nesting-doll novel that blends adventure, romance, mystery, sci-fi and more in an intertwining epic that bounces from the South Pacific in 1849 to prewar Belgium to 70s California to present-day London to a futuristic South Korea to a post-apocalyptic Hawai’i… and then all the way back again, revealing along the way “how disparate people connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky”.

Vote on the Spring SF Book Club selection!

This semester, the library will be running two book clubs – the Speculative Fiction Book Club meeting in late February, and the YA Book Club meeting in April. Now is your chance to vote on which book the SF club will read!

“Speculative Fiction” is a catch-all term referring to fiction that contains elements that do not or could not exist in the real world. It encompasses Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, and more besides – and many of the genre bending books on this shortlist include all those elements as well. Read the descriptions and place your votes now! Signups to join the club will open soon.

Spring Hours

As the new semester starts up, the Library will return to its normal hours on January 11, with a slight bump on MLK Day.

Regular Spring Hours

Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 2 am
Friday, 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm
Sunday, 11 am to 2 am

Special hours for spring are:

Date Special Hours
Saturday 11 January Resume Regular Spring Hours
Monday 20 January Martin Luther King Jr. Day
5 pm to 2 am
Saturday 29 February – Saturday 7 March Spring Break
Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED
Sunday 8 March Resume Regular Spring Hours
Friday 10 April Good Friday Holiday
Wednesday 29 April – Tuesday 5 May Extended Finals Hours
Monday – Friday 7 am to 2 am
Saturday – Sunday 9 am to 2 am

For more details, see the Calendar & Hours page.